An excerpt from the fictional tales of The Diary of an Introvert.
Outward achievers give great advice: whatever you want, just do it! And it is great advice, for outward achievers. For inward achievers however, it’s not so good. Additionally, outward achievers often mistake their success as something they alone accomplished, but even a cursory examination proves this a myopic fallacy, as there’s always a large prefabricated foundation underlying their success.
Being external, these outward achievers are very vocal about what it takes to succeed. And if you don’t follow their pattern, you’re obviously not a success. They see the world from a particular perspective and expect their view to be the only valid one. This is a problem common to humanity though, something we all have to overcome: people have different yet valid perspectives — we must respect these views despite our inability to recognize their value.
Wait, so are all perspectives valid? No. Shortsighted or immature viewpoints do not warrant respect. We can tell the difference by whether the perspective marginalizes others, dismissing them as worth less. Everyone has to sacrifice a little just so others can be included. Since we all share a town or society or planet, there has to be a certain level of civility and respect given towards all other inhabitants.
Inward achievers are often a marginalized group because we don’t appear to be doers. We just kinda sit around, we appear lazy, we get up late, we’re too indecisive, we don’t have reams of accomplishments. But really, is a slow sloth of lesser value than a busy beaver? Some might complain that beavers can be too industrious, with their environment-altering destructiveness. Clearly a balance must be struck, and not everyone can be doing everything at once.
I’m not lazy in the sense that I’m selfish and don’t want to contribute — I would like to participate, but I’m also not competitive enough to survive amongst overly-competitive outward achievers. While I plod along, they seek to savor the defeat of others, not content with winning, they want to crush. And if you aren’t fighting back, you’re weak and worthless.
To outward achievers, these are the ramblings of a feckless fool with his “loser talk”. Losers whine about all the things they can’t do. But here’s a story about an outward achiever I once saw in a documentary about a group of monkeys. It was a content tribe of monkeys until one day one of them killed the beloved leader, wanting to receive all the accolades and attention for himself. He was a jerk of course and couldn’t win over the affections of the tribe. The researchers returned not long after, but they saw that the ambitious monkey was now mentally disabled, having apparently been beaten so badly, presumably at night while he slept, and was permanently slow and docile.
Not sure why that story sticks with me, but I appreciate it for some reason. Perhaps it shows that it’s of no benefit to be overly competitive and that sometimes the meek team up to ward off oppressive assholes. And if you think about it, that’s exactly the reason we humans live in formalized societies: to keep assholes at bay. Why else would we all agree to be ruled by laws.
Yet it’s apparent that oftentimes short-sighted overly-competitive people make their way to the top and attempt to crush those below merely for the feelings of satisfaction they receive from dominating. If laws don’t regulate such behavior, they’re essentially useless, becoming tools of the powerful to attain even more power. Ah what a world, diary, what.. a.. world…. Well I fear I’ve digressed too much at this point, diary, and with that… exeunt.